A better Biography
I was born in Washington, DC and and grew up in picturesque Georgetown, with its tall oak and elm trees and weird gingko trees in the part of Georgetown I lived in. I lived on “R” Street across from Montrose Park.
The gingko’s were a gift from the Emperor of Japan back in the 30’s. However it was a back handed compliment. Female gingko trees have a cherry sized fruit that is bright orange, with a hard nut inside. When they fall to the ground the hard nut is easy to slip on, lubricated with the wet, oozing, orange flesh of the fruit. However, there was something else, which was the reason female gingko trees usually are not planted near sidewalks, that something else is the smell. It is the only plant I have encountered that smells just like human vomit on a hot summer day. This gift from the Emperor of Japan was, perhaps an insult to the stupid Americans, who planted the trees in what was at the time the black ghetto where the servants of Washington’s elite used to live in three story walk ups. It was the new, up and coming neighborhood in the 50’s. Our 2 bedroom was $90 a month. Now I lived there with my brilliant mother, who was first in her high school class in Exeter Pennsylvania, who was a single working mother. At one time she was Executive Secretary to the Ambassador of the Sudan, until the coup in the 60’s. My mom was divorced from my father when I was months old,. He founded the largest agricultural University system in Mexico and was a founding Director who became the equivalent of the Secretary of Agriculture in Mexico.
The point is, I was a Washington DC native, born and raised there. My friends parents often worked for “the government” When I would ask what do they do it was not surprising to hear “I don’t know”. We were the children of the creators of The American Dream. We also knew something was very wrong.
If I ever get my book finished those who are interested can read the whole story. Considering how little most people are willing to read these days, I am trying to keep this short…Fast forward twenty years…
When Perot happened, I became a volunteer on the Perot Petition drive. This was a petition under Virginia law to get a candidate’s name onto the ballot for public office and required a certain number of signatures, I don’t recall how many. The Perot Petitioners got enough names to get him on the Ballot in Virginia. I was elected D/Coordinator for Arlington County, sharing the directorship with an elderly gal for whom Ross Perot was best man at her wedding… I started a newsletter for those petitioners, and called it The Arlington Volunteers Newsletter.
When Willis Carto’s Liberty Lobby and his newspaper The Spotlight officially endorsed Ross Perot for President, I ran that announcement in the Arlington Volunteers. Perot’s henchmen were not pleased, and told me to print a retraction. I refused, saying simply, it is the truth. I lost my title as the official Perot newsletter and continued as The unofficial Perot newsletter. The newsletter editors in various parts of the country found each other and we created a fax tree to spread newstips about our movement. This was before the internet. It was this sharing of information between the various newsletter editors. especially one from the panhandle of Florida in the area called The Borderlands that allowed a few of us to connect enough dots to realize what Perot was really up to, and it was not good. (Add speech regarding The Internet is the Liberty Tree, that got a standing ovation by 500 people at a Spotlight event.)
In that election in Virginia, Ross Perot got enough votes in every district to qualify as a 3rd political party. However, Ross dropped out, and had no plans to pursue this opportunity and we the petitioners, who stayed in contact decided to form The Patriot Party of Virginia.
What Really Happened to Ross Perot
As Perot’s popularity soared, his corporate henchmen starting taking control of the movement. It was their heavy handed ways of dealing with the petitioners and supporters at events contributed to Perot’s fall. The newsletter editors would talk about these incidents and share them with each other. I do not recall them well enough recount, beyond one that happened in southern Virginia, where a petitioner was trying to present a petition asking that Perot’s heavy handed henchmen be called off. He said there was nothing democratic about the disdain and lack of empathy they displayed and instead of being a grassroots movement it was becoming a top down totalitarian organization. This was everything we had been organizing against. That petitioner, a Vietnam Veteran, was trying to hand Ross his petition from his wheelchair as Ross walked past him to the podium. His wheelchair was turned over by one of Perot’s henchmen as he was pushed out of the way to Ross could walk towards the podium…
This enraged us Virginians, whose state’s motto: “Thus unto tyrants” depicts a woman whose foot in the throat of a tyrant; who had given so much to try to prevent what is happening today..
I ran a small business doing high end audio visual contracting. My clients included such notable ones as The Institute for Defense Analysis, SAIC, BDM, Loral Federal Systems, and even Wonder woman’s mansion on Harrington Road in Great Falls Maryland…
One day I received a call from a posh restaurant on the top floor penthouse of one of those high rise apartment buildings directly in line with the US Capitol, and Washington Monument, but on the Virginia side of the Potomac River, at the top of the hill over the George Washington Parkway. seems the resident below where this restaurant had its dance floor was complaining about the noise, the owner wanted to know what could be done. I asked who the resident was, and he said, “Larry King”
It was the first two interviews by Mr King that So just before that third interview on Larry King show, where he was roughed up by Mr King that essential made Ross Perot who he was, and made him popular.
So I had an idea, I took the clippings from the newsletters, and copies of the letters I had received from all over the US and placed them in a 3″ binder. I added a summary index of each item. The binder was labeled something like Report from The Grassroots. I placed it in a big delivery envelope, addressed to Mr. Larry King, put on a suit and tie, and carried a clipboard with what looked like a list of initials for deliveries.
I walked into that high rise on the Potomac, up to the front desk, and said simply:”Delivery for Mr. King, please sign here” In that third interview Larry King asked Ross some hard questions. This began the fall of Ross Perot. Ross would say “the media is after me”, no, it was the same people who created him, his grassroots. And the rest, as Paul Harvey would say, is history.
When discussions were being held about what to call the “Libertarian Party” – the decision came down to two options, Patriot Party or Libertarian Party. The Libertarian faction carried that day. In 1992 when the Virginia contingent of the what was left of the Perot Movement decided what they would call themselves, my co-founder of The Patriot Party of Virginia told the story about the Libertarian Party discussions.
I was, as Editor of the independent, and populist staunch Constitutionalist “Arlington Volunteers”, the voice of the old Petitioners and for the Perotistas in Virginia as well as one of the incorporators for the party. which I thought was doing just fine, growing rapidly, and having our first state convention in Crystal City.
At the state convention, in waltzed Leona Fulinari and her “Black Socialist Workers Party” which, hindsight being 20/20, might be accurately described as a early Obama flavored project version .9… Ms Fulinari’s troops were disciplined and well lubricated with cash. We good old boys in Virginia were essentially political hayseeds and did not see it coming. We had no clue what we were dealing with. At the state convention, Leona Fulinari’s Black Socialist Worker’s Party members were going to seize control of the Patriot Party of Virginia. My delegates came to me, asking what are we to do? Faced with loss of control of our “staunch constitutionalist” baby to the socialists, the founders of the party, at this time, myself and another director on the telephone decided we had no choice but to de-incorporate the party.. We chose to drown our own baby, out of necessity.
If you go to the Virginia Corporation commission and do a search you will find the record that we existed, however, for some reason unknown to myself and the other directors of the party the records “have been purged”. And not a word of this appeared in the media or net until I posted the preceding two paragraphs to a facebook group, which seems to have also then been deleted…
I doubt you will find these details anywhere else…
regards Arnie Lerma, A founder of the PPV.
PS: Shortly after the untimely death of the Patriot Party of Virginia, I was asked by the Republican Committee Chairwoman to run for state delegate. I asked about the Republican oath. I said, “listen, it is my understanding that I am required to swear an oath to the republican party, an oath that states that i will vote as directed by party leadership. Is this true?” She said yes. I said, “Well, what if the legislation is not in the interests of the people i represent?” She said, “Oh, don’t worry about that, everyone votes the way they want to anyway” I said, “OK, let me get this straight that so I understand what you are saying. To get access to Republican PAC money for my campaign, I must first swear an oath that I am a liar? Correct?” (Silence) This was the end of my political career. It was a year later that I was sued by Scientology for copyright and trade secrets for telling the world their biggest secret at that time, the secret story of XENU.
PPS: Millionaire Mr Robert Minton, who wrote his first check to the expose scientology cause because of a story I told from years ago, after being covertly influenced to no longer heed my counsels, told me, in the last conversation we had before he died of a heart attack, that he had no regrets except for one.. I asked him, “And what was that?” He said, “I regret that I ever stopping taking your advice.”
Research to determine how that trick had been done to Bob, the methods that were used to influence him and those around him, including those precipitating the supposed suicide of an innocent named Shawn Lonsdale, became the motivating passion of research into a dreadful subject, called covert hypnosis. The results of that research are explained in layman’s terms as best I could on my current wordpress blog pages. HERE
PPS: I am currently of the belief that the methods described on my wordpress pages provide the means necessary, that if this data became widely known, enough people would no longer be fooled and truth and justice just might carry the day and re-establish, rather than a government of the money, by the money and for the money – a government:
Of the people, by the people and for the people.
Some Media Highlights (was the previous version of biography)1969
1969-70 Service Manager Meyer Emco Hi Fi on Connecticut ave. in DC.
1970-78 In Scientology, FBO Network, FSC Network, and on a long E-Meter Project.
1979- Lerma Audio Video Systems, Small business clients included Wonderwoman, Lynda Carter, The Crown Prince of Iran’s residence, The Institute for Defense Analysis, SAIC, Loral Federal Systems, IBM federal Systems, Dalghren Naval Surface Warfare facility, Federal Executive Institute, Poseurs Nightclub in Georgetown* and many others.
Poseurs was in top ten Video Clubs in America in 1984 Video Magazine. We were the cheapest date (fewest dollars spent) of any of the clubs in that top ten list!
1991 Anti-Corruption Activist – forced the retirement of a corrupt Circuit Court Judge
1992 Editor for State Perot Newsletter
Organizer for Sons of Liberty poster campaign
Perot Coordinator Arlington County Virginia
Director of Communications for the successful Ben Winslow
for County Board election Campaign. In county of 411,000 – we were outspent 10 to 1 yet we won by 172 votes. I produced the entire campaign structure and all public statements for a Populist campaign.
Accepted a Political appointment as Director for Arlington County Community Television “ACT”,
Founded the Patriot Party of Virginia
1993 Declined invitation to run as Republican Delegate to
to Virginia State Assembly due to the Republican Oath of Office
Began Expose Scientology Activism in February 1993, I thought because of what I’d learned so far that i might be able to make a difference. Start scanning, ocr’ing and posting documents to the internet. People find out I have a fast scanner set up, so I begin getting court records in the mail, and posting them.
1994 November, I get visit by scientology agents Matt (last name?) and Eugene Ingram resulting in the Christmas Day article in Washington Post. This began the biggest media frenzy since the 1991 Time Magazine article that my friend Tom Klemesrud helped make happen,using the records from the first anti-cult BBS that he ran on his Netcom dial up ISP. http://www.lermanet.com/cos/lerma.html
Accepted position as a Director for FACTNet.org – Fight Against Coercive Tactics – a Colorado Non-profit founded by ex-member Lawrence Wollersheim who had an 8 million dollar judgement against scientology from previous litigations as Treasurer.
I determined that best way to reduce scientology’s income would be to expose their core secrets. Resulted in August 1995 raid of my home under color of law after posting the the 1978 OT levels 1-8.
1995 Consulted to party leadership of Germanys Parliament regarding the Scientology problem through series of meetings arranged by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung . Party leaders included Rennate Rennenbach, and I believe Angela Merkel
1995 – December Scientology loses trade secret claims in RTC vs Lerma
1996 – During settlement talks to settle RTC vs Lerma, Bridge Publications vs FactNet, and Lawrence Wollershiems lien against scientology, scientology offerred an aggregate 9-12 MILLION dollars if Lawrence, Bob Penny and myself wopuld accept a 50 page settlement agreement that included a $50,000 penalty for doing any interview regarding scientology with the media. We declined.
1996 Consulted with the Director of the Interministerial board who reported directly to and only to the President of France on how to deal with Scientology and what is actually was.
1996 Scientology admitted to having spent $1,740,000 trying to get rid of me by 1996, during RTC vs Lerma when they tried unsuccessfully to get their attorney fees and were awarded ZERO attorney fees. I was forced to pay $2500 in court costs.
1996 – As Treasurer for FACTnet I travel to Robert Minton’s New Hampshire farmhouse and arranged a $400,000 lien against Lawrence Wollershiems judgement and got a check from Bob for FACTNet to help cover legal bills. Mr Minton recovered this loan amount with interest when Scientology finally paid off the judgement several years later.
1997 The the head of FBI anti-Terrorist unit in Washignton DC, Agent Thomas O’Conner visited my home and spent the entire afternoon learning about scientology problem.
1998 Two US Postal Inspectors visited me after getting complaints that I was sending out hate mail to Scientology. I showed them a file folder with copies of all my mailings, they said “This isn’t hate mail”. I agreed..
1999 – Accepted position a member of the Advisory Board of Directors for the Lisa McPherson Trust. “The LMT”, funded by millionaire Robert Minton.
Robert Minton $10,000 Essay Contest Winner
Scientology’s OSA DSA PR DC Sylvia Stanard told me in 1998
“After we finish running Bob Minton out of his money we are coming for you”
PLEASE READ http://theapolloseries.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-betrayal-of-mr-robert-minton.html for more details.
2004 – ask…
2005 – Did a successful intervention, deprogrammed the star recruiter, the director of Personnel for San Francisco Org, in a three day, high stress, in your face marathon. That story can be read here
2007 – Was contacted by the Iranian Republican Guards who desired help with a terrorist cult operating in Iran called MEK. After determining this was a US CIA run operation and consulting with my lawyer and an associate I was advised not to respond to this inquiry. For the record I still feel guilty for not responding to this request for help with a terrorist cult.
2008 – Contacted by a NY Public Relations firm who said they had a client who wished to remain anonymous and wanted to ask me some questions, and were willing to pay $500 an hour for my time. The interview consisted of the most intriguing questions about the subject of deprogramming I had ever been asked, encountered or considered. I learned a great deal contemplating the questions as it was evident there was a tremendous intelligence behind them. I regret not recording this session.
2008 – I was also contacted by Actor Jason Beghe who asked for meeting which I attended at The Hawk and Dove on Capitol Hill. He was accompanied by a journalist named Ortega.
Jason Beghe wanted to create a group to work together to expose Scientology and wanted me to be involved. I declined due to severe spinal pain, stenosis, and told him I would love to but physically was unable and after the stress of the preceding years needed to take some time off to take care of my self and get back surgery.
2008 Skynews https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs26_QAoW2o goto 1:01
Baltimore City Paper Serious Business
Anonymous Takes On Scientology (and Doesn’t Afraid of Anything)
some past media:
1994 http://www.lermanet.com/cos/lerma.html Christmas Day Hubbard Religion Bet
1995 http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/3.12/alt.scientology.war_pr.html Wired Mag Dec95
http://www.lermanet.com/cos/lerma.html Washington Post – the Raid
2000 http://www.lermanet.com/scientologynews/washingtonpost /nohead01042000.htm
2005 http://www.lermanet.com/scientologynews/arnie-lerma-toldeo-blade.html (Suzette Hubbard story)
a few of 44 hours of radio shows:
1997 NBC Dateline snippet: http://www.lermanet.com/audio/bob-arnie2.wmv
Skynews http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs26_QAoW2o TomCruise – I compared scn to nazis on skynews
Speech to Liberty Lobby 1995 conference about The Liberty Tree drew a standing ovation.
August 2011 ONE of Tory Magoo’s Video with me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvyvbNL8BpQ
here is another http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot3RoRc5C2g
I was asked by the Republican Party Chair in Arlington Virginia to run as Republican for state delegate District 47. (They liked my Hispanic/Italian mix and I had previously crafted and managed a Republican challenger to the Dem controlled county board, and despite being outspent ten to one, – WON by 217 votes in a county with 400,000) I asked about the Republican Oath… I said, doesn’t the oath state that I am to vote as directed by party leadership? She said, yes it does. I said, what if the motion in not in the interests of my constituents? She said, oh, you can still vote as you wish, everybody does that. I said, ” So let me get this straight, in order for me to get endorsed (and have access to the party war chest) I have to sign this OATH, and you are telling me, that effectively I have to, by signing it, prove that I am willing to LIE to run as a Republican? (Long silence)… I said, no thank you I do not like what I have learned about politics or psychology…but I do know how to use those toolsets. After 1994 I have been deconstructing the fraud called Scientology..I do not like what I have learned.
In 1995 I was on the Board of Directors for FACTNet.org Fight Against Coercive Tactics Network, in 1996 I met with and consulted leadership of Germany’s Parliament, including then party chairmen Angela Merkel, and Rennate Rennenbach. In 1997 I consulted with the head of the French Interministerial Cabinet who reported directly to the President of France. In 2000 I was an Advisory Board Member for the late Mr Robert Minton’s Lisa Mcpherson Trust.
I was raided and sued in 1995 by Scientology shell corporation called RTC for posting the 1978 “ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY” they claimed.. (OT1-OT8). See articles above. The materials posted those days in the beginning of august 1995, ended up on South Park’s In The Closet Segment.
VIDEO of the raid (just a few minutes of 4 hours) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhqdQp54ADU
August 2011 Video on Tory Magoo’s Youtube Channel –
In 1995 I was on the Board of Directors for FACTNet.org Fight Against Coercive Tactics Network, in 1996 I met with and consulted leadership of Germany’s Parliament, including then party chairmen Angela Merkel, and Rennate Rennenbach. In 1997 I consulted with the head of the French Interministerial Cabinet who reported directly to the President of France. In 2000 I was an Advisory Board Member for the late Mr Robert Minton’s Lisa McPherson Trust, the LMT.
Since then, I have successfully done face-to-face deprogramming of active scientology staff.
The Xenu Story.
In Dec 1995 US Federal Judge Leonie Brinkema threw out scientologys Trade Secret Claims stating: “the Court is now convinced that the primary motivation of RTC [$cientology] in suing Lerma, DGS and The Post is to stifle criticism of Scientology in general and to harass its critics.”
The in her final opinion she confirmed the OT levels were real and the story of Xenu was true, to wit:
“Founded by L. Ron Hubbard, the Scientology religion attempts to explain the origin of negative spiritual forces in the world and advances techniques for improving one’s own spiritual well-being. Scientologists believe that most human problems can be traced to lingering spirits of an extraterrestrial people massacred by their ruler, Xenu, over 75 million years ago. These spirits attach themselves by “clusters” to individuals in the contemporary world, causing spiritual harm and negatively influencing the lives of their hosts ”
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Top left, my grandfather hailed from the same province as Mussolini, they were boyhood friends… Both were ardent socialists. Socialism defined as government that serves the needs of ‘We the People’. When Mussolini was a provincial governor, he told grandfather that he would be dictator after the national election. Grandfather plotted to assassinate the then provincial governor. A gendarme bumped his head, and while sleeping, lost his pistol.
But the plan was betrayed, men were rounded up during the night, to be hung at first sun. Mussolini walked grandfather to the dock, directing him to get on a tramp steamer to America, now, because he did not wish to see his boyhood friend hanging from a tree in the morning.
For years I had heard various versions of this story from the Italian side of my family, and assumed, it may have been a fable. Then, after I had reached the age of sixty years, a cousin showed me the pistol that sleeping gendarme misplaced, a Spanish copy of the 1911 police issue colt .38 revolver, deep golden brown from age…
I would still like to make this a better world.. I have not given up.
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